Young Child Survival and Development

Working with the Ministry of Health and Population, the Young Child Survival and Development (YCSD) programme contributes to the reduction of maternal, neonatal and child mortality.

Assuit 2012, WASH project
UNICEF Egypt/Youssri Aql/2012

The Child Survival and Development programme aims at contributing to the reduction of maternal and child mortality and morbidity, especially in the most deprived areas of Egypt. UNICEF’s partnership with the Ministry of Health resulted in flagship programmes including the Expanded Programme on Immunization, the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, polio eradication, maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination, and the integrated management of neonatal and childhood illness. The current UNICEF programme aims to reduce the neonatal mortality and child malnutrition by improving the quality and accessibility of an integrated package of essential maternal, neonatal and child health services in disadvantaged areas and by promoting health, nutrition and hygiene awareness.

The Integrated Perinatal Health Care and Nutrition programme is co-supported by the Ministry of Health and UNICEF. It resolves to reduce the neonatal mortality by 20 per cent and child malnutrition by 30 per cent in the targeted disadvantaged areas. The programme is implemented in 269 family health units and relevant health districts in 4 governorates of Upper Egypt and 2 governorates of Lower Egypt, covering a population of around 3 million people. It addresses equity and specifically targets the most vulnerable women, newborns and under five children through a continuum-of-care approach. UNICEF also provides support to build the capacity of health care providers, strengthens the healthcare system, promotes communication for behavioural changes, and creates an enabling environment for maternal and infant health.

In 2014, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Cairo governorate, UNICEF launched the Integrated Child Survival Partnership initiative in the Cairo governorate. It reinforces the governmental development efforts in slum communities to improve the health status of mothers and under-5 children, through a replicable model of partnership that widens improved access to health, nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene services in slum communities. Two communities have been selected by the Cairo governorate as models: Ezbet Khirallah - around 261,000 inhabitants, and Ezbet Abu Hashish - with around 70,000 inhabitants.

Health Quality Improvement Programme is a World Bank-funded project, which assists primary health care facilities in meeting national health care quality standards in Egypt’s poorest 1,000 villages in the target governorates of Qena, Sohag, Assiut, Minia and Beni Suif. The Ministry of Health and Population has requested UNICEF to support the project by providing technical expertise for the independent verification process, which will assess the performance of primary health care units against a range of indicators.

Regarding interventions related to Syrian refugees, UNICEF has provided support for the Ministry of Health and Population to enhance the capability of its primary health care units to meet the increased demand since 2013. Basic equipment and training were provided for 102 primary healthcare units in areas with a high concentration of Syrian refugees. Furthermore, 235 Syrian women community health workers were also recruited and trained to raise the awareness of Syrian families on health and to encourage them to make use of public primary health care units.




Young Child Survival and Development programme focuses on:

February 2017 Celebrating 'Family Day' for Syrian and Egyptian families at a Primary Healthcare Unit supported by UNICEF  in the 10th Ramadan city in Cairo.  10th of Ramadan is a city located in the Sharqia Governorate, Egypt. It is a first generation new urban community, and one of the most industrialized. It enjoys close proximity to the city of Cairo, and is considered part of Greater Cairo.  Supporting Primary Health Services For Refugees and Immigrant Women and Children in Egypt.

Capacity building in primary health care facilities, including those serving refugee groups for better quality and accessibility of essential services

February 2017 Celebrating 'Family Day' for Syrian and Egyptian families at a Primary Healthcare Unit supported by UNICEF  in the 10th Ramadan city in Cairo.  10th of Ramadan is a city located in the Sharqia Governorate, Egypt. It is a first generation new urban community, and one of the most industrialized. It enjoys close proximity to the city of Cairo, and is considered part of Greater Cairo.  Supporting Primary Health Services For Refugees and Immigrant Women and Children in Egypt.

Promoting behavioral change for maternal and infant health.

Youth and adolescents benefiting from Meshwary program in Bani Mor Youth Centre, Assiut

Advocating for relevant policy and system improvements with the UNICEF partners

February 2017 Abu Bakr El Sedik Primary school, Ezbet Khairalla, a slum of Cairo WASH facilities Ibrahim, 11 years old, washes his hands. He attends the 5th grade. He is the only child at home and his father works as a carpenter while the mother is a housewife. He wants to be a police officer when he grows up to protect the people in his community.

Supporting direct water connections for the most deprived families and raising awareness on hygiene and environmental friendly practices

February 2014, City of Alexandria. UNICEF supports the work of 'Borg el Arab Sahwa' NGO with children at risk. Mohamed Samir El Sayed 17 is mentally disabled and he was victim of rape.

Contributing to the National HIV/AIDS Program with a focus on policy development and system strengthening and evidence generation.